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Rock Outcrops, Glades and Seeps
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Including some unusual plants that grow in these specialized environments (at bottom of page)...

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Big Kennesaw from a rocky glade on the slope of Little Kennesaw


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Rocky glade on a slope near the base of Big Kennesaw




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Glade off Brumby Trail, Big Kennesaw at rear


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Rock outcrop, also off Brumby Trail, east of Pigeon Hill.




Rock-glade
Glade with yucca and cedars, SW slope of Big Kennesaw



Many of the rock outcrops on Big & Little Kennesaw contain wet-season seeps:

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Seep at rock glade, east slope of Little Kennesaw


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Seep at rock glade on west side of Little Kennesaw.


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Another seep on west slope of Little Kennesaw




Spring-moss
Spring behind Big Kennesaw, outflowing into a mossy seep




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Rock Outcrop, west side of Little Kennesaw.


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Autumn view from same outcrop, looking west



Rare Plant Communities
Some uncommon & threatened plants are found at the outcrops and seeps in the park:


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Elf Orpine   (Diamorpha smallii)


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Elf_Orpine
Several weeks after the previous image...


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Elf Orpine flowering in April


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Flower detail




Quillwort

Piedmont Quillwort   (Isoetes piedmontana)


Quillwort





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Pool Sprite, aka Snorklewort   (Gratiola amphiantha)


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This depression in the rock (approx. 5 sq. feet) holds the only colony of this rare plant.


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Pool Sprite in flower; it was raining so flowers were not open.




Aquatic
Unidentified aquatic plant (foreground), with diamorpha at rear



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